Tuatara | Alpine Beer Company

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70 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
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2
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled growler into a glass.

A: Pours a golden, peach-colored body with an off-white head that leaves some tendrils of lace.

S: This has a grassy, leafy, citrusy hop nose that is a departure from the usually bright citrus pith aromas of West Coast pale ales. The malt is restrained and lends a bready accent to the beer.

T: Tuatara evokes a natural comparison to Nelson, being that both have NZ hops, but this one doesn't shine as brightly as the latter. I notice the bready malt in the background, and the citrus is weak in favor of grassy, leafy flavors; the overall combination makes for a drinkable, but not standout, profile. I like it but find myself reflecting on how much better most of Alpine's other beers are. That being said, a poor showing for Alpine is still an excellent showing against just about anyone else.

M: Light-bodied; the beer is crisp and clean. No lingering bitterness or any sort of sticky aftertaste. Each sip is as fresh as the one before it.

O: I'm not completely blown away by the beer, but I enjoy it and find the growler diminishing rapidly before my eyes. I love the flavor to ABV quotient; I wish I could find a comparably tasty, light beer like this closer to home. That's a big selling point for me.

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3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

Nearly clear golden orange with a small near-white head, eventually leaving spots and irregular lines of lace down the glass.

The aroma is better than the flavor, with good amounts of citrus and earthy hop character, with good amounts of bready, mildly sweet malts behind it.

The flavor isn't particularly appreciable, especially when you're aware of Alpine's pedigree of brewing world-class pale ales and IPAs. There's a distinct cardboard, almost woody, flavor that dominates the other stale bread notes. There's a touch of citrus but it's hidden.

Medium bodied with crisp, high carbonation.

An average beer from an extraordinary brewery.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey, nice near white head, slow to leave. Some cling remains.

S - Light malt, straw, NZ hops def in there.

T - Taste close to smell. Malt not overly sweet, and grassy. Clobbered by hops in finish. Clean overall.

M - Good carb and balance. Med to light body.

D - The very definition of session.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with a few friends. Thanks Rich for continuing to satisfy my unending need for all things Alpine.

Pours a nice golden apricot color with a massive, frothy white head and good lacing and retention. Fairly sweet, citrus NZ hop aroma with light tropical and sweet malt notes. Flavor starts initially sweet and juicy, with surprising amounts of citrus and tropical hops before finishing with stronger pine bitterness. Pleasant toasted malt body throughout, with a mild herbal and floral presence that becomes more potent in the finish. Light bodied, soft and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and enjoyable, but lacking the excitement of Hoppy Birthday. Nothing wrong with that and would happily have this again.

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Photo of Cavery
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Alpine yesterday, was very pleased to see this on tap. Always looking for new Alpine beers to try!

A: Rustic orange body with mellow hazy hues. Slight amber character, but mostly deep earthy orange tones. Very frothy whip cream head remains like an ice berg. As always a solid looking beer from Alpine. high water mark lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Really nice honey suckle floral character that invites orange blossoms and juicy sappy resins. Zesty juice character of lemons, tangelos, and oranges. Having Nelson right next to this beer really helps pick out the fact that there is some New Zealand hops in here.

T: Super crisp cucumber with some deep floral earthiness. The florals are only lightly bitter with more leafy greeness to them. Light raw honey combs maintain a very organic flavor profile. Mild hop bitterness that sweetens a bit with the alcohol in the end.

M: Light sizzle to a medium-full body. The flavors lighten the mouth experience, but the bubbles really hold up for a long time in the mouth. The more I drink this the fuller the beer seems to be, as the light honeys and sensations of bubbliness accumulates in the mouth. Not too coating and not too drying, but a little bit of both.

O: Fantastic salad pairing beer, light flavors on an organic malt tasting backbone. The flavors really suggest watery veggies that crack with crisp freshness. Condiments of floral saps and honeys throughout. This is a really natural tasting treat with a lot to offer in terms of lightness. However, this doesn't hold up on its own as well as a great many other beers from Alpine. In terms of their traditional pale ale styles, I'd say this is 2nd behind Hoppy Birthday.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/21/11 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending a growler of this one my way; always interested in trying new Alpine beers. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and not much head retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruit malts, light pine hops, and light tropical fruits. Nice and fruity and not overly strong in the hops department, but very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, and fruity malts. Again, nothing too strong but still very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice APA. Not nearly as strong or hoppy as some of their other beers, but at 4.2% ABV you can definitely have a few glasses of this one. A really easy drinking enjoyable APA; would like to have it again. Thanks again Dane!

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronados

A: Amber color with a thin tan head.

S: Pretty nice floral and pine hop aroma with some hop resin in the background.

T: Caramel malts upfront with a bit hit of pine hops and hop resin. A really solid pale ale. Not the best out there, but a really good one.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mdfb79 for sharing this growler. Served in an Alpine pint glass on an Alpine coaster while wearing an Alpine t-shirt. That's right, Paul. Aside from demolishing Paul, the beer was also quite pleasant to drink.

Pours a nice apricot color with a two-finger white head and good lacing and retention.

Nose carries a light dosing of New Zealand hops. Citrus rind and light tropical notes, plus just a touch of pine. Nothing too strong -- they could have gone with more here. The flavor adds a bit more character and isn't quite as tame, with nice fruity notes throughout.

Light body with crisp carbonation and a light bitterness. Nothing too intense, but a great summer brew.

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Photo of beagle75
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at the Alpine pub.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few isolated bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Mildly floral and herbaceous with practically no malt component; very clean.

T: Begins dry, with toasted malt and savory herbaceous hop aromatics. Moderate acidity adds brightness before the middle, where floral and weak tropical fruit flavors continue to develop. Cleanliness prevails throughout, including during the finish, which features delicate bitterness that tastes of authentic grapefruit peel.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Not surprisingly, this beer is hop-forward--but in moderation rather than abundance--with feather-light malt and notably insignificant yeast influences. It is Alpine's most sessionable pale ale yet, seeming under-powered compared to Hoppy Birthday. While such a comparison cannot be helped, it does seem unfair to hold this beer up to such a benchmark.

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Tuatara from Alpine Beer Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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